BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - The top Republican contenders for governor in Florida say Wednesday's ruling blocking Arizona's immigration law isn't going to stop them from trying to get a similar law here; but others in the GOP are applauding parts of the ruling.
"It slows down the process, but I'm comfortable in the long term, the right thing will happen," said candidate Rick Scott, during a campaign stop in Bonita Springs. The Naples businessman made immigration a key part of his bid for governor early on.
"Just like its common sense you can ask for your ID, you should be able to ask if somebody is illegal," Scott said.
It's been a contentious issue in Scott's campaign for the Republican nomination against Attorney General Bill McCollum. Scott's campaign says McCollum switched his positions on immigration.
McCollum called Wednesday's decision to block parts of the Arizona law a blow to states rights. The Attorney General says he's working with state lawmakers to bring an Arizona-style law to Florida.
Still, others in the GOP say blocking Arizona's law is the right thing.
"I think it's a win for freedom," said Congressman Connie Mack, who sent letters to Florida lawmakers and fellow congressmen, urging them to stand up against the Arizona law.
He says his fellow Republicans need to be consistent when fighting for freedom.
"I am for strengthening our laws and cracking down on illegal immigration," Mack said. "What I'm not for are laws that are written in such a way that are also going to destroy the freedoms of Americans."
Mack says he wasn't pleased about everything in the judge ruling, particularly blocking a portion that made it illegal for undocumented workers to look for jobs in a public place.
WINK News did not receive any statements on the subject from any Democrats in the fall campaign.